- You aspire to move up in your career and want be prepared for that next opportunity.
- You are at a crossroads and know there is something more out there for you.
- You are embarking on a new journey or career and want to make sure you bring your best self.
- You want more out of your life or career, but something is holding you back.
- You know what you want, but the fear of failure keeps you from moving forward with your ideas.
- You want to develop a strong personal brand at work and need guidance on how to do it.
- You’ve received feedback and want to improve but need help figuring out what to do next.
Do these statements sound familiar? These are some of the many of the reasons that trigger people to hire coaches.
The benefits of coaching is not a new concept in the business world. People have been using coaches for years to help them achieve success. Many Fortune 500 companies engage in executive coaching for their executives and high potential talent. With an ROI of over $7 for every $1 spent, it is not surprising that people are expanding the benefits of coaching into other aspects of their lives.
Celebrities like Oprah, Leonardo DiCaprio, Serena Williams, and Hugh Jackman have all worked with life coaches and publicly shared their testimonies about what they were able to accomplish with the help of their coaches. Studies conducted by the International Coaching Federation show 99% of the people who hired a life coach saw their experience as rewarding and 96% stated they would do it again. Additionally, 65% said working with a coach also helped them improve their work performance.
So, what is it that coaches do to help some of the world’s smartest, most talented, people achieve success?
It’s simple, coaches help people identify and focus on what’s important, which accelerates their success. Like anything else, there are varying degrees of effectiveness. That being said, there are some common things good coaches do that make them stand out amongst the rest. If you are new to coaching here are some things to keep in mind when selecting the right coach.
A good coach can create a safe environment that allows you to see yourself more clearly so you can identify gaps between where you are versus where you want to be. Coaches provide you with a judgment free reflection into your truest self and help you hone in on exactly what you need to do.
A good coach will ask questions that cause you to reflect and help you get clarity on what you want. A coach will question everything to get at the root of what is holding you back, what you need to break through, and what will guide you toward clarity.
A good coach will challenge your thinking and offer you perspectives you never even thought to consider. They will push you outside of your box until you see what gifts you have in front of you and how to tackle the toughest of challenges.
A good coach will let you do the work. They will assign you homework between sessions and they will provide you with perspectives, but they will let you do the heavy lifting…after all this is your plan.
A good coach holds you accountable. They will guide you and help you lay out a plan. They will also make sure you follow through on that plan and they will not accept excuses. They will be consistent, reliable, and available to help you deal with the obstacles, the setbacks, and they will help you celebrate the successes.
Everyone gets stuck from time to time and everyone needs a push or nudge in the right direction. Coaches are great for helping you gain clarity, purpose and putting your ideas or aspirations into an actionable plan. Coaches can also help you tap into your full potential. For that reason alone, coaching is a worthwhile investment.